Wallingford STEM camp for kids has NASA theme

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WALLINGFORD — The Spanish Community of Wallingford and CT STEM Academy have partnered again to offer children in underrepresented communities a STEM camp this summer. This year's theme will be NASA Astro Camp. 

CT STEM Academy partnered with NASA on their NASA ASTRO Camp. This camp takes place in communities throughout the country. Staff goes through training with NASA in order to be certified to offer the camp. Portions have been offered in the past through the Wallingford Parks and Recreation department. 

SCOW and CT STEM Academy offered a STEM Camp for the past several years. This year the camp will be a one-week, full-day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in August. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

SCOW STEM Camp will make an effort to examine diversity in NASA-related fields and examine contributions of underrepresented populations. 

SCOW Executive Director Adriana Rodriguez said hosting the camps gives the children endless opportunities to learn, explore, think creatively, develop new skills and have fun.  It also addresses the pandemic fatigue they are currently dealing with. 

“There are currently so many STEM career opportunities available, but minorities, including Latinos and women, are underrepresented in this field of work. By offering our Latino children this wonderful opportunity, we hope to spark interest and excitement in these STEM activities and encourage them to consider a future career in the STEM field,” Rodriguez said. 

Students will be learning about aviation, human space flight, examining robotics, space exploration, using models and simulations, and utilizing natural surroundings. Students will discuss the sun, phases of the moon, seasons, and make solar observations with a telescope utilizing a solar filter.

“We will be offering new and updated learning experiences for the kids during this program,” said Chris Stone, CT STEM Academy director. 

The camp will be open to 30 participants in elementary and middle school. CT STEM Academy hopes to offer different sections, like an elementary portion and middle school portion. 

The academy also works with current and aspiring educators for the camp. High school volunteers who have an interest in STEM and teaching are encouraged to participate.

SCOW is accepting donations for the STEM camp as well as receiving assistance from the Summer Campership Fund for Meriden-Wallingford sponsored by the Record-Journal, the United Way and Ion Bank and administered by Meriden Health and Human Services. The camp is also funded by the Wallingford Youth and Social Services department. 

The camp is kept at a low cost or free for participants that would like to join. 

Families can contact SCOW at 203-265-5866 for more information. 

The 2021 Summer Campership Fund for Meriden-Wallingford, now in its 46th year, offers campership awards to local boys and girls in financial need to attend other local camps, including Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, Meriden YMCA, Girls Inc., Wallingford YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club and Children First.

Applications for campership awards are distributed in Meriden and Wallingford schools. Applications and proof of family income must be brought to the camp office of choice. Families applying must submit a DSS budget sheet or a completed 2020 income tax form.

For more information, contact Meriden Health and Human Services at www.meridenhealth.com.

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